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October 11, 2013

Writing the book of Haynes

Committee of retirees forging a history of longtime Kokomo company

(Continued)

The difference, of course, is that Haynes stayed in Kokomo. Union Carbide, which owned it from 1920 to 1970, didn’t change that, nor did Cabot Corp. (1970 to 1985), nor did the investment bankers/junk bond traders who burdened the company with debt in the 1980s.

Today, Haynes is a healthy company, and is publicly traded [HAYN:] on the NASDAQ exchange.

“The company has come very far and is in some ways getting away from its roots,” Rothman said. “We’re trying to make sure the roots are not forgotten.”

 

The committee of retirees: Charlie Sponaugle, former VP of sales and marketing, and of business planning Mike Rothman, former VP of engineering and technology Ed Bickel, started as a mill worker, and ended as a director of marketing Dr. H. Joseph Klein, former VP of manufacturing, and former VP of technology Dale Kingseed, former plant manager F. Galen Hodge, former technical director, and former VP of international sales Dwaine Klarstrom, former director of technology Dean Zehring, former inspector and quality manager Amy Russell, former Haynes company librarian

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